hold Definition

  • 1grasp, carry, or support with one's arms or hands
  • 2keep or detain (someone)
  • 3have in one's possession

Using hold: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hold" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She was holding a large package.

  • Example

    The police held him for questioning.

  • Example

    I'm holding your keys for you.

hold Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for hold

Antonyms for hold

Idioms Using hold

  • to obtain something


    I need to get hold of a copy of that book.

  • hold one's tongue

    to remain silent


    I had to hold my tongue during the argument.

  • to become established or effective


    The new policy is starting to take hold.

Phrases with hold

  • wait a moment


    Hold on, I'll be right back.

  • hold up



    The traffic is holding us up.

  • restrain or prevent from doing something


    He had to hold back his tears.

Origins of hold

Old English 'healdan', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch 'houden' and German 'halten'


Summary: hold in Brief

The verb 'hold' [hoʊld] means to grasp, carry, or support with one's arms or hands, to keep or detain someone, or to have in one's possession. It can be used in phrases like 'hold on,' meaning wait a moment, and idioms like 'get hold of,' meaning to obtain something. 'Hold' also has formal synonyms like 'grasp' and 'possess,' and informal synonyms like 'grab' and 'keep.'

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